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QPR Game Is D-Day For Newcastle – We Must Win

10:53 am, Tuesday, December 18th, 2012 by Dr. Ed Harrison · 16 Comments

We don’t want to put too much pressure on our team, but the QPR game on Saturday is probably the most important game of the season, because a win will help lift the gloom on Tyneside, and give our players some much needed confidence, but a defeat would be simply devastating.

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Alan Pardew – I’m saying this is a must win game

QPR won their very first game of the season after 17 tries against Fulham over the weekend and they will be full of confidence on Saturday, and Harry Redknapp and his coaching team are starting to turn things around at Loftus Road, but we cannot afford not to take 3 points out of this game.

And while a draw is at least a point, we want to put another 3 points between us and QPR by Saturday night.

It will not be a case on Saturday of just playing well,  but we have to get the points in the bag, and we’ve lost at Stoke, Fulham and at home to Manchester City and given good performance, but we got absolutely zero points from those games, and we must get the win on Saturday.

Alan Pardew talked about the game on Saturday:

“We’re going to have a lot of pressure this week. QPR will be expected to lose, so they can come and play with a little bit of freedom.” “Not us. We’re going to have to play under monster pressure.” “It needs to be full up.”

“The fans need to be right on our side, whatever happens – even if QPR go 2-0 up.” “It’s going to be one of those days we must win.” “Usually, reporters say it’s a must-win game – I’m telling you it’s a must-win.” “That is what we need to do.” “

We’ve always been about the next game.” “Even at Fulham, I said it wasn’t important – it’s gone.” “There’s nothing you can do about it.” “It’s the next game – that’s the only thing that you can legislate for.” “Already, I’m looking forward to it, and it cannot come soon enough.”

We thought the Newcastle fans were great on Saturday, and following City’s first goal we were taken to the cleaners, and it was not a pretty sight, but after being 2-0 down at the half Newcastle came storming back but we still managed to lose 3-1.

If the same thing happens against QPR and we are 2-0 down (heaven forbid), we’ll have to come storming back but this time we’ll have to win the game.

In our relegation season it was good news if we put up a good show but lost – and that mentality has to end at Newcastle right now – and results is what we need from now on.

If we lose on saturday, we think things will start to change at Newcastle – and we’ll definitely be in a relegation struggle with our next three games being at Manchester United and Arsenal and at home to Everton – how many points do you think we’ll pick up from those three games?

If we lose it could be a very dismal Christmas for Newcastle fans everywhere.

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16 responses so far ↓

  • 1 Beattie25 // Dec 18, 2012 at 10:58 AM

    Pardew can call on the fans all he wants to but it is in the changing room where the first goal is scored. Sort that fcuking mess out and then we shall be with you.

  • 2 Lee Dodd // Dec 18, 2012 at 11:00 AM

    The Fans will always be there For Newcastle United. Look at Sunday we pulled 1 goal back you would have thought we were winning. We will beat QPR on Saturday Alan No Worries There Old son. Just Keep the Faith !!!

  • 3 Lee Dodd // Dec 18, 2012 at 11:00 AM

    saturday sorry !!

  • 4 Graeme // Dec 18, 2012 at 11:14 AM

    Is this Pardew making a rod for his own back??

    What on earth is he going to say if this “must win game” isn’t actually won??

    Its fair to say every one of us want to beat QPR at weekend but I wouldn’t be going so far out on a limb!! Its a long way to fall if he gets this wrong.

  • 5 Hatem's better than Messi // Dec 18, 2012 at 11:18 AM

    Shut up Pardew.

    Sick of hearing him spout crap.
    Your teams rubbish and plays with no style.

    This has been a problem all season long.
    Lost 6/7 playing hoofball.
    Worst team in the league to watch.

  • 6 kimbo // Dec 18, 2012 at 11:19 AM

    When we need to win ,that is when they let you down.
    Newcastle have always let us down when it comes to the crunch. On the Man City game on Sky, the commentator said Newcastle have been beat more times in December than any other Team, so history is against us. So Pardew please prove me wrong!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  • 7 Ian Toon // Dec 18, 2012 at 11:48 AM

    Jail- what’s the point in speculating !! Because it’s a lot more fun than reading the turgid Beattie and co drivel. Beattie must be mixing with some strange people. The Geordies i socialise with are 100% behind Pardew and the team . We’re all reconciled to a long haul but with some astute signings up the Premiership we go. .I was making two points. 1) Walcott the new Obertan playing through the middle. I still remember the very early goal he scored against our flat back four. I take your point on wage demands but if you offset the vastly reduced transfer fee then it’s feasible on cost grounds. Unlikely I agree.
    Ibiza- Still fighting the good fight or the cause. Unlike some fair do well types!

  • 8 Ian Toon // Dec 18, 2012 at 11:51 AM

    Jail– 2) We should look to bring people in on loan with a view to signing in the summer. I just hope we are going to be proactive. Your mates DL and MA need to get their act together and hit the ground running come January.

  • 9 Grafton83 // Dec 18, 2012 at 12:35 PM

    I’dvery happy with sissoko coming in, Ba going out and another good attacking player coming in. Don’t get me wrong we would miss Ba and there is noway we’d replace him with like for like quality but we could get someone with potential who would compliment cisse better. That wouldn’t be too bad at all.

  • 10 Grafton83 // Dec 18, 2012 at 12:36 PM

    To echo Hatem’s better than Messi view I would also agree that signings won’t fix newcastle the coaching, match prep and tactics are what really need to change.

  • 11 Toonfreak87 // Dec 18, 2012 at 1:01 PM

    We lose this then we really are in a mess. As far as calling on the fans goes he doesn’t need to, we’ll be there no matter what.
    http://everythingnufc.co.uk

  • 12 WorJordi // Dec 18, 2012 at 1:22 PM

    Re-post
    You have to feel a bit for Pardew
    He carries no authority as everyone believes MA pulls all strings.
    DL is just MA eyes and ears when he is not around.
    SO we should get shot of the Grass DL first.
    MA and DL care absolutely nothing for NUFC only MONEY
    If a new owner came in and stood by Pardew with a fighting fund for transfers and development perhaps we would see a change in his apologist attitude that annoys everyone. He could grow a pair and bite back.
    However……………………………………
    That aint gonna happen no time soon as there isnt a new owner around the corner.
    It may just help if Pardew just stopped the constant excuses and held his hands up and admitted he is wrong.
    He would probably gain a lot more respect from the fans.
    We need to beat QPR soundly and then look forward to nicking points off Man U etc.
    HWTL

  • 13 numba9 // Dec 18, 2012 at 4:28 PM

    all games are a must win parsnip but u persisted with 4 4 2 for ages even though u know it isnt working, u lost points there, and u lose any respect everytime u say we should thank mike and del for alot, i dont think we really do as he sells our best players and relys heavily on carr to get a snip. and sells these on too, grow a pair pards

  • 14 lesh // Dec 18, 2012 at 5:45 PM

    If QPR got their first win against Fulham, who did Fulham recently beat?

  • 15 Ian Toon // Dec 18, 2012 at 6:02 PM

    numba9- Who are these best players?

  • 16 woolerbill // Dec 18, 2012 at 6:29 PM

    Ed,
    Can you keep Pardew off this site, he make a bad situation words.




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